The Modular System for Shelves and Coasts (MOSSCO) integrates physical, biological, chemical and geological models of shelves and coasts for the North Sea and Baltic Sea in an exchangeable way. The MOSSCO software forms a coupling framework for exchanging data and models, which distinguishes between physical domains (Earth System compartments such as the benthic and pelagic zone) and processes (such as benthic geochemistry, physical erosion and biological stabilization). Information exchange across physical domains with different grids and time steps are managed using the ESMF (Earth System Modelling Framework), whereas coupling of processes within individual modules is achieved using FABM (Framework for Aquatic Biogeochemical Models). This paper reports coupling of a newly developed benthic geoecology model to the MOSSCO framework. This new model incorporates the biological effects of macrofauna (the bivalve Tellina fabula is taken as an example) and microphytobenthos on erodibility and critical bed shear stress. The model is implemented in an object-oriented generic modular way so that it can be extended to any number of biological effects on the sediment transport for an arbitrary number of species. Finally, the application of the coupled model is demonstrated in simulation of a1D setup.
Nasermoaddeli, Mohammad Hassan; Lemmen, Carsten; Hofmeister, Richard; Koesters, Frank; and Klingbeil, Knut, "The Benthic Geoecology Model Within The Modular System For Shelves And Coasts (MOSSCO)" (2014). CUNY Academic Works.